Mirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality.
Situated close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka and only about 200km from the equator, this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hustle and bustle of your other life that is million miles away.
While this small sandy tropical beach boasts some of Sri Lanka’s best and most sensational sunsets and sunrises, it holds glory as a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching location. Mirissa, the breathtaking sandy beach, much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality.
Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish. In 1980 the first tourist accommodation was built however it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that tourism to the town started to dramatically increase.
Winter Season: November – April The beaches are at their best at this time with fine weather and calm seas.
Summer Season: May – October During the off season, Mirissa becomes quiet and sea gets a bit rough but it is still popular especially at weekends with crowds from Colombo coming to spend the day here.
Whale and dolphin watching: You can easily get good views of dolphins, as they will be in a big group jumping out of the water for a long time, but don’t expect much from the whales: they are elusive, and you’ll most likely only see a bit of their back for a brief second when they come out for air. The boats will chase them around until you get four or five of these sightings, and then head back home.